My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #1598: Down but not Out

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 07-29-2015 12:06 PM 779 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I was really and truly writing my blog yesterday when some pretty impressive storms rolled in. Even though I am in the process of replacing the main components of my computer (motherboard, processor, memory, main drive) I really didn't want anything to happen to my current computer. I am awaiting delivery of the new SSD drive, and Keith should be changing things over in the next several days.  The board arrived on Monday:

It should be a nice change, although it will be a bit of a chore to load everything up and get things in order. I expect it we may do the changeover this weekend. 

Just to be safe, we disconnected everything from the wall for a time while the storm was passing through. There was quite a bit of thunder and lightening, and even though we have surge protectors, we felt it would be better to be safe than sorry. This meant, once again, that I didn't post a blog, as it was during the morning hours when I write. 

I went on with my day and planned on working on my painting. Unfortunately, in the late morning I was doing some 'regular things' and one side of my back seemed to seize up. This happened to me last year and I was pretty much immobile for about a week. It certainly isn't fun. 

I don't know if it is because I overdid at the gym or if it is because of the damp weather or just because I am getting older. Either way it is no fun. I can't really move around much at all, as there is a sharp pain just above my right hip. I talked to the pharmacist and am taking the proper medication to reduce the inflammation and relieve the  pain. It sure slows me down though. 

But I will just hobble through life smiling until life is better. I have too much to do to let it get me down. I found I can sit an paint for a while and even though I need to take breaks and walk around, I can at least accomplish something. 

Last I posted, I was working on a new painting. Here is where I was at then:

The window was coming out nice, but hardly finished. I added some shading and a cool crackle finish by DecoArt and it really came out nice:

The fine crackle finish really looks beautiful:

I then started adding the main subjects. First a hat and some fun little mice:

Then the main subject of the painting, a black cat:

The cat isn't done by any stretch right now. Neither is the painting. There are several more details that need to be added in to make it look as I envision it in my head. But it is a good start and considering that I could only work on it at short spurts at a time, it is coming along. 

This will be offered as a pattern on my site as soon as I am done with it. I hope to finish it up in the next few days. 

Today is quite foggy and dreary out – probably a good day to stay in and paint. It really makes me appreciate the past weekend and my time out on the islands. 

Even though I am not feeling my best, when I sit still I don't hurt. (Only when I move – lol!) Perhaps I will get even more accomplished because I am somewhat forced to stay in one place longer than three minutes. 

I guess if I look hard enough, I can find good in anything . . . 

I wish you all a wonderful day today. Have fun and enjoy whatever life sends your way. 

Happy Wednesday! 

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#1 posted 07-29-2015 05:43 PM

I understand about thunderstorms as in the Midwest we get some thrilling ones. I have my computer on a surge protector and UPS. My internet modem and router are on another on another. This seems to be pretty good protection and also allows me to watch weather radar for when serious storms are about to hit.

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#2 posted 07-29-2015 10:59 PM

The crackle finish really pops that window out. Love it! This is a very cool painting project. Love the cat!

-- Anna

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#3 posted 07-31-2015 01:26 AM

Good evening to both of you. I spent the day offline (and yesterday as well) as we were building and switching to my new computer parts. It is always a huge adventure because things are so complicated. I just wanted you to know so you didn’t think I was not responding.

I am from Chicago, Redoak49. I am very familiar with the storms in the Midwest. They are quite violent at times. We usually don’t hear thunder very often, but lately we have been hearing it more and more.

Anna – thank you very much. I had to take a couple of days off of painting to get other things done here. Hopefully by the time I am back at it, I will feel better too. :) I hope you have a great evening.


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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